At level 4, the beauty therapist will be entering the world of advanced aesthetics in practical beauty skills. This is an exciting part of the sector where high-end treatments using machines such as laser and IPL can be found, or more complex treatments such as skin peels, micro-needling, blemish removal and perhaps new treatment not even on the market yet!
This is currently a very talked about part of the sector in the UK because of the pending new aesthetics licensing scheme that is currently under consultation and development. The new licensing scheme would mean that practitioners in England will need to be appropriately licensed to perform specific procedures and could have the potential to include age limits and restrictions for specified treatments. It has also been advised that identified “high risk” treatments should also carry the requirement for a therapist to hold an regulated qualification in their field. It is likely that all insurance companies will require therapist(s) practising these treatments to be fully qualified before they will provide cover.
CIBTAC and BABTAC fully support this stance and it is likely that other professional membership bodies will also take this view. Although study at this level is more demanding, the results in terms of client outcomes and satisfaction levels, and income that can be generated makes this a rewarding step to take.